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Shooting begins on Ralph Fiennes' The Invisible Woman


Story by Jack Foley

SHOOTING has started in London on The Invisible Woman, which marks the second film from Ralph Fiennes as a director.

The project, which will also find Fiennes taking one of the lead roles, sees Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) in the title role.

Based on Claire Tomalin’s biography of Nelly Ternan (Jones), the woman with whom Charles Dickens (Fiennes) had a secret decade-long relationship, The Invisible Woman has been adapted for the screen by Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady).

The story will follow Nelly, a happily married mother and school teacher, who is haunted by her past.

Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take viewers back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Dickens, with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity.

Dickens – famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success – falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens – a brilliant amateur actor – a man more emotionally coherent in his work, or on stage, than in life.

As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of “invisibility”.

Also starring are Kristin Scott Thomas as Nelly’s mother and Tom Hollander as Wilkie Collins, author and friend of Dickens.

This marks the first occasion Fiennes and Scott Thomas have appeared together on screen since the Academy Award winning The English Patient.

Fiennes will also soon be seen in the role of Magwitch in Mike Newell’s adaptation of Dickens’ Great Expectations. He made his critically-acclaimed debut as an actor/director earlier this year with the award-winning Coriolanus.

The Invisible Woman is shooting in Kent and in and around London until the end of June.

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